No Apologies: All 102 Nirvana Songs Ranked

RS tackles the complete catalog of the band that defined the Nineties and made the world a lot noisier

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71. "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip"

One of the weirder things Nirvana ever cut, "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" is an odd mixture of Pavement-style archness and inebriated rage. A seven-and-a-half minute improvisation recorded during a January 1993 demo session in Brazil, "Gallons" was included as a bonus on some non-U.S. CD versions of In Utero, where it was labeled on the CD's back cover as "Devalued American Dollar Purchase Incentive Track." Repeated references to G.I.T. (the Hollywood-based Guitar Institute of Technology) would seem to indicate that the "Strip" in question is the one on L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard, whose spandexed and poodle-haired denizens had just been handed their walking papers by the success of a certain Seattle band. DANIEL EPSTEIN

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